Ban: Whole world praying for Madiba

2013-06-27 07:41

New York -UN leader Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that the whole world is praying for Nelson Mandela as the legendary South African leader is reportedly on life support.

Ban called Mandela "one of the giants of the 20th century" at a New York reception for the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity which played a leading international role in fighting apartheid.

"I know our thoughts and prayers are with Nelson Mandela, his family and loved ones, all South Africans and people across the world who have been inspired by his remarkable life and example," Ban said.

"Let us all show similar conviction and sense of purpose today in working to improve well-being and opportunity for all Africans," the UN secretary general added.

Meanwhile messages of goodwill have been flooding in from overseas.

In only her fifth ever tweet, Hillary Clinton offered "love and prayers to our great friend, Madiba, his family and his nation during this difficult time".

  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-06-27 07:52

    This imbecile should speak for himself. I can assure him that far from everyone in the world talks to sky fairies.

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-06-27 09:29

      Even if I did, I wouldn't be.

      Tebza Rau Rau - 2013-06-27 09:29

      Willem de Haan - 2013-06-27 09:36

      The man is overstating the case. The whole world is not praying for Mandela. I think that the Muslims do not really care and presently they make up a considerable percentage. And the atheists don't pray at all. And many Christians do not share your adoration of Mandela. So although there may be many people who share Moon's views, many disagree with him and many simply could not care a hoot one way or the other. But it is publicity and any publicity is good publicity, as some Hollywood star once said.

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-27 11:15

      I would think that the UN is supposed to remain neutral and secular...?

  • Lungile Mc Lada Madi - 2013-06-27 08:05

    A whole new chapter begins next week, after the event that will take place tomorrow... This event will put the whole world to a stand still... Those who know will rejoice, others will be sad... But in the end freedom shall come upon all from our saviour Jesus Christ Lord over all God's creation... The time has come!!!

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-06-27 08:07

    Exactly, since the " whole world is praying" then surely he should spring up,all healed !! But if it doesn't happen there are then two options, your God doesn't exist or 2, he/she couldn't care what you pray for.....sound your President and government perhaps?

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-06-27 08:12

      Oh Reggie, this is not the forum for your views about god so refrain from showing your stupidity and lack of intellect. Your views ate noted so now go away . No one is praying for you stupid boy

      PhillipHoffman - 2013-06-27 08:15

      Reggie are you the new nom de plume for GB. Please have the decency to leave your ridicule for other articles.

      Markus Hagedorn - 2013-06-27 08:23

      Reggie, God is not a genie in a bottle waiting for our commands. I'm praying for Madiba. I pray that he doesn't suffer and rests in peace with God, and that his family can draw closer to each other during this time and will also have peace once he passes away. Praying means talking to God. It's not demanding miracles.

      Shaun Coles - 2013-06-27 08:44

      Reggie.reginal.3110. With stupidity like yours, I really think you need prayer. But then again, with your idea that God doesn't exist, you might be stupid for ever.....

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-27 11:17

      No offence to Madiba, but the whole world is praying for one man, while there are millions of people around the world that are starving and suffering... Why does this god ignore his suffering children? Or do prayers for Madiba have a VIP line to god?

      Chreamz George - 2013-06-27 11:22

      @Marcus, "God is not a genie in a bottle waiting for our commands". HHowww!!!, so your god doesn't even know and care that you are praying for his mercy???. Why waste time then???. Ohh!!, it can be the STUNT of publicity.

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-06-27 08:16

    Perhaps the lack of intellect should be judged by the masses praying to that that have not seen , but blindly believe in, I've seen my BIDVEST SHARES START AT 2 AND RISE TO 70 .....but lets see what all the prayers result is, care to bet or carry on blindly

      Kaydee Booysen - 2013-06-27 09:08

      Reggie, one mosquito bite or spider bite or a brain vessel burst in your brain and your a veggie, hoping someone will pray for you. I guess you are very young and to dumb to understand, pity!

      GayAtheistEffUN24 - 2013-06-27 11:18

      ^ Lame

  • Gideon Jack - 2013-06-27 08:38

    Remember!! God done things in purpose .. And u must never regret his wheel .( Mr Mandela plays his role ) now play yours and play harder give't all yr best so in furture we may call u a legend God create u 4 something.......follow-up your heaRt

  • Jacques Steffen - 2013-06-27 08:40

    How do you pray for someone who is already dead? - sensasionalism!

      Larry Cavanagh - 2013-06-27 09:05

      Clearly you are not a christian. The man is dying and people choose to pay their respects in different ways. Whether through prayer or other mediums, far be it from you or me to say whether it is sensasionilism. What that man accomplished was not for from a miracle. Are you that filled with hatred that you can't let the man rest in death and be with his family in his final hours. Shame I pity you!!!

  • Melanie Greyling - 2013-06-27 09:18

    Heavenly Father Up Above Please Protect The Man We Love Keep Him Safe And Keep Him Sound No Matter Where Or When He Bounds Help Him To Know And Help Him To See That We Love Him And Want Him To Be Free And Dear God Help Us To Be The Nation He Wants Us. To Be Amen And Amen

  • Gideon Jack - 2013-06-27 09:38

    Mr Mandela stands 4 M- Many A- African N- Never D- Dai E- Even L- Loose A- Amandla Viva combrates!! Amandla

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-06-27 11:15

      That doesn't even make sense bro, try again...

  • Machiavelli Moore - 2013-06-27 09:47

    Nelson Mandela fought for the freedom the Reggie is expressing whether we like it or not. He has a right to spew the dung that comes from his fingertips (because it it came from his brain, it would have have been coated with some sensitivity to the situation).

  • Maropola Nkitsing - 2013-06-27 09:54


  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-06-27 10:39

    Let God decide about Mandela's situation because people told us lies.

  • Amatambo - 2013-06-27 10:45

    I do pray, but certainly NOT for the old terrorist and murderer - and PULEEEZ DON'T try and convince me otherwise that he is a 'saint.' The world is blind to the fact that he was brainwashed by communists to commit acts of terror and murder - the evidence is all there for those who care to do their homework. Although in prison at the time, he was instrumental in the Church Street bombing in which CIVILIANS (blacks included) were killed; he approved of "necklacings," he admitted to having ordered is MK cadres to mow down Inkatha supporters in the streets of Jo'burg in March 1994; he wrote a book titled "How to be a good communist", he refused to renounce violence, he sings "Bulala Amabhunu" (Kill the Boers) along with Ronnie Kasrils and others - and we are expected to admire, revere, respect this so-called "saint?" NO WAY! LET HIM ROT!!!

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